Event Archives: 2014

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War! What Is It Good For?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 12:15pm
In his provocative new book, War! What Is It Good For?: Conflict and the Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots, historian Ian Morris turns Edwin Starr’s old song lyric on its head, arguing that war has actually been quite good for some things, namely the states that wage it. Indeed, he shows that, over time, wars have made governments and that governments have made peace, providing their citizens with relative safety, wealth, and larger, more organized societies.

New America NYC: The Bright Continent

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 6:30pm


School Choice

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 4:00pm
As any local parent knows, it is school lottery time again in DC. Anxious parent speculation is running high and envy is running rampant across the city. In DC – a city rife with inequalities and racial tensions – school choice systems (charter and traditional) promise more equitable access to high-quality schools. But do they deliver?

Media and Civil Society in Syria's Evolving Conflict

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 12:30pm
Please note that the first half of the event will not streamed due to video content. The webcast will begin around 1:15.

The conflict in Syria is being presented to the international community through a complex mix of state, opposition, international and local media sources. Individuals and NGOs in Syria have also effectively used social media to show the world the horrors of the conflict. As the crisis has evolved, so too have the ways in which activists have deployed the media available to them.

New America NYC: How Are Contemporary Notions of Success Impacting the American Family?

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 6:30pm

Beginning in early childhood, Americans are imbued with the idea that to be successful is to be busy—very, very busy. And it’s no secret that, on an individual level, our national culture of competitive overwork has many of us increasingly overwhelmed.

New America NYC: Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 6:30pm

Belarus is Europe's last standing dictatorship. Its repressive government considers the creation of uncensored art criminal activity. The members of the Belarus Free Theater refuse that. They have used their art to expose that which their government wishes to squelch, creating art and dialogue around taboo topics like sexual orientation, alcoholism, suicide, and politics.

The Boom

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 12:15pm
A decade ago, Russell Gold noticed something going on in Fort Worth, Texas—oil drillers were suddenly afire with talk of a strange new phenomenon. Employing a new method that seemed a lot more like mining than drilling, they were improbably extracting natural gas from rock that had confounded everyone for decades—almost imporous shale. Since then, Gold—a senior energy correspondent for The Wall Street Journal —has roamed the country investigating the boom created by the Fort Worth discovery.

Locked Up and Locked Out

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 9:00am
The belief that anyone, regardless of where you start out, has a shot at moving up the economic ladder is a core tenet of the American Dream. But what about a second shot?  For the millions of Americans who have experience in the criminal justice system, this question is far from settled.  

The Wrong Enemy

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 12:15pm
After nearly thirteen years, the war in Afghanistan is winding down for international troops, and retrospectives on the American adventure in the “graveyard of empires” are starting to appear. Some argue that the international community made a positive difference in the country, while others wonder if the fighting was even worth it. But to Carlotta Gall, a Pultizer Prize-winning journalist for the New York Times, the question policymakers should be asking themselves is: were we even fighting the right people?

Dragnet Nation

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 5:00pm
In her new book, Julia Angwin reports from the front lines of America’s surveillance economy, a revelatory and unsettling look at how the government, private companies, and even criminals use technology to indiscriminately sweep up vast amounts of our personal data.